Steve Smailes, Class of 2012 | Freelance Photographer

Steve Smailes PhotographyWhen you’re finishing university you often get asked “Where do you want to be in 5 years?” and let’s be honest, it’s a very difficult question. But 5 years on I’m here to say how it stacks up to what I was thinking when I graduated from the Uni of Lincoln in 2012. 

When I left I wanted to be able to set up my own photography business and be working for myself. It was a risky and in some ways optimistic thing as I was unsure how I was going to achieve this as I had limited resources in terms of money and equipment (I had a camera I’d used my student loan and money from some work experience jobs to buy) but had to keep paying rent and other expenses while building the business.

I was given a great head start by getting work with The Lincolnite which gave me a steady income and also the time to grow my business as I work for them on an on call basis and I still work with them today.  Continue reading

Meet the Graduates | 8 Nov 2017 Industry Network Event at LSFM

Our current and former students are invited to the Uni of Lincoln School of Film & Media’s free networking event Meet the Graduates. On Wednesday 8th November join this gathering between our alumni and students – staff too! MtG 2017 is your on-campus opportunity to connect with like-minded creatives and make industry links. STUDENTS please take your theatre seat for 2pm in the Stephen Langton Building and ask anything you’d like to know from our alumni who work – on staff and freelance contracts – across the media industry from big corporates (BBC TV) to independents (Epix Media).

So far on the grad list we’re expecting – their work permitting: Jo Ashman (Class of 2002), TV Producer and Director | Sean Strange (Class of 2013), 360 Film Production & Delivery Specialist | Joel Murray (Class of 2011), Digital Marketer | Rosie Turner (Class of 2015), Online Content Producer | Tom Cass (Class of 2015), Camera Operator & Editor | Gemma Lowe (Class of 2012), PR & Communications Manager  | Charlotte Fisher (Class of 2017), Radio Multimedia Journalist | Steve Smailes (Class of 2012), Freelance Photographer | Ayodele Ogunshakin (Class of 2015), Office Runner | Lisa Rustage (Class of 2013), Film 2nd Assistant Editor | Steph Marshall (Class of 2015), PR Account Manager on creative campaigns | Philip Roberts (Class of 2006), Lead Digital Video Artist | et al! SEE profiles of LSFM alumni attending HERE.

Graduates RSVP: alumni@lincoln.ac.uk | LSFM students no booking required, come!
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Mentoring | Industry and LSFM, Lincoln School of Film & Media

LSFM Mentoring is a unique way to link industry with selected undergraduates. Thanks very much to volunteer mentors from the world of work who make time to support our final year or level 2 students in an academic year.  Each mentor brings their experience of the job market to help our students, during their course, as they plan goals and pursue passions for a career. In the past our mentors and mentees have explored everything from work opportunities to discussing dissertations. Pairs are in contact at least 6 times across semesters, so may be around 6-12 hours during the academic year. Contact time is flexible and pairs choose how to meet: face-to-face, talking on the phone, having a web chat or using other online platforms.

Mentors are offered an induction to mentoring, written guidelines and thereafter student-mentee liaises with mentor. Interested in being a media mentor? Then read the introduction and you can download the form to register your interest anytime: LSFM Mentoring_Introduction  |  LSFM_MENTOR_Registration-Form

Our industry mentors are freelancers to company directors and work across the media sector in animation; audio; communications; design; digital marketing; filmmaking; photography; radio; social media; teaching; technology; and TV. Continue reading

Lewis Coates, Class of 2014 | Ch4 Random Acts: When Voices Unite

Random_Acts_logo_RGBHi all – hope you had a great summer! I regularly enjoy reading what fellow Lincoln grads are up to in the media world, so thought I’d discuss my most recent project. In February I was commissioned to write and direct a short film about social media for Channel 4’s ‘Random Acts’. When Voices Unite (2017) has been broadcast by them on their online platforms it has recently been shortlisted for an award at Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Film Festival in London and Cinemagic in Belfast!

Since graduating, I’ve been working for a creative video production agency in Lincoln, filming and editing adverts and web videos for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, smart and Volkswagen. After 2 and a bit years, I’m now Lead Video Production Continue reading

Meet the Graduates, LSFM | Q & A Clip: Getting a job in the media

Meet-the-Graduates-logo-1024x435Love LSFM’s former students sharing their experiences on getting a media job. Thanks to our audience with alumni who were captured at last year’s Lincoln School of Film & Media’s networking event Meet the Graduates. New Media Lincs student crew were Daisy Sadeh, Bradley Nicholls, Filip Grzejszczyk and James Hunter. See this Question & Answer clip on jobs our graduates do to get by when they’re pursuing their passions … 

Grad Panel: Jane Hearst, 2016 | Alex O’Brien, 2014 | Dani Moseley, 2007 | Ayodele Ogunshakin, 2015 | Aleysha Minns, 2013 |Jack Johnston, 2009 | Matthew D Bayfield, 2010 | Declan O’mara, 2014 | Jack McQuone, 2015 | Host Daniel J. Layton, 2012

NEXT network event ‘Meet the Grads’ | 8th Nov 2017 @2pm in SLB

Joseph Fallon, Class of 2010 | My story so far! Editor Zealot LA

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Joseph Fallon 2017

 I have been asked to write for the Alumni page a few times, but I have always had a goal in mind which I strived to achieve, before I started to look back.

Today I am sitting on a laptop in my apartment in West Hollywood, living a life I had dreamt about for over 14 years. So I thought it was a good time to write something.

This is a very long story, BUT if you prevail to the end, like all good stories, there are some valuable lessons inside.

From University to Editing

I got my first video camera for Christmas when I was 15 and never put it down. Like most, I grew up dreaming of working in Hollywood, directing movies.

I studied Media Production between 2007-2010 specialising in Single Camera and Digital Media. By the end of the course I was passionate about all aspects of the degree, even the parts I left behind in previous semesters. After graduating I was undecided on what to do next, my first thought was to do a Masters. In order to pay for it, I decided to take a year out, get the first job I could find as I saved up.

The job turned out to be the Mcdonalds at the end of my road. While working behind the grill, I applied for jobs and work experience at various production houses to gain media experience. After hundreds of emails and applications, and 7 or 8 interviews for Runner and junior positions, I was unsuccessful. I needed experience, which I was unable to get. I was trapped in the classic catch 22. Continue reading

Mental Health Awareness Week | 8-14 May 2017

MentalHealthAwarenessWeek-blogIt is Mental Health Awareness Week (8th-14th May 2017). Two out of three adults will face mental health problems in their life, from a panic attack to depression, with “younger generations more impacted” according to the Mental Health Foundation. The Uni of Lincoln has the Student Wellbeing Centre [Twitter @UniofLincolnSWC] and SU Welfare services  [01522 837000 | advice@lincolnsu.com] for under and postgraduates to contact confidentially.

For staff the University of Lincoln Wellbeing saidCome and join our free events taking place throughout Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 promoting Surviving or Thriving?  Learning techniques and methods to deal with stress and anxiety can help to relieve the symptoms. During this week you will have the opportunity to discover more about mental health; find out what you can do to build mental resilience; explore how to reduce stress; and experience how laughter yoga can improve your wellbeing. Continue reading

What Our Grads Are Doing Now | University of Lincoln Newspaper

WhatOurGradsAreDoingNowWe love hearing what our former students are doing – many keep us posted through our own alumni network (see below) – and fresh off the press today is ‘What Our Graduates Are Doing Now’ newspaper. It is free to pick up on-campus at the Careers Centre or read online. See stories from Lincoln School of Film and Media graduates; Industry mentor, CLM/Photography (2013), Hannah Wilson at Hello! Magazine and Philip Yeo, Media Production (2016), working at Google are featured with Stephanie Marshall, Film and Television (2015), at Cartwright Communications on her CV top tip.

Our LSFM Alumni Network Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Blog | If you’re interested in being an Industry Mentor, please do register at any time, details are here. Thanks.

Meet the Employer | IMG Productions, 5 April @4pm Uni of Lincoln

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY 5th APRIL**

Meet The Employer Event with IMG Productions on Wednesday 5th April from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre at the University of Lincoln (UK). Our Students and Graduates please book with Uni Careers NOW! Continue reading

Chris Packham | TALK: How to work with a Presenter?

ChrisPackham_LSMTalkLSFM lecturer Jack Shelborn said: Lincoln School of Film & Media has the great fortune to be hosting, our Visiting Professor, Chris Packham on Friday 3rd of March for a talk on How to work with a Presenter? 

This will be a fantastic opportunity for all our LSFM students to get some real-life experience and advice on this subject. This is a, free, must attend event for anyone interested in a career in the media industry – be it TV, radio, film or photography – from 2.30pm to 4pm in the Co-op Lecture Theatre. The broadcaster’s vast experience must not be missed at the University of Lincoln! Students need to register NOW, as seats are limited to the free lecture, HERELincoln School of Film & Media presents a talk by Chris Packham.